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Welcome to Sugar Land Rotary!

Sugar Land Rotary

Service Above Self

We meet In Person
Wednesdays at 11:45 AM
Sugar Creek Country Club
420 Sugar Creek Blvd
Also online via Zoom - see Facebook
Sugar Land, TX 77478
United States of America
Wednesdays except first Wednesday of each month 11:45 am -1:00 pm
At Home Classic Fundraising Event
Support multiple non-profit organizations with a donation. Download and fill out our donation form here.  We are also accepting donations here. Official dates are November 2-6, 2020.
 
Run/Walk/Cycle for a good Cause!   September 26, 2020 - October 11, 2020. Register now! SLRC 5K Run
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
This a focus topic of RI and our club.  Join us in this important conversation that we as a community need to have.
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Secretary
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Club Foundation Chair
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Dear Fellow Rotarians & Guests,

A huge thank you for Scott Rainey for an awesome job on our installation. Thank you for taking time out of your schedule to be here. You have been a huge supporter of me.

I want to thank President Raleigh for an awesome job he did this past rotary year. Without his leadership, I am not sure we would be where we are now. You adapted to change in lightning speed and this is very impressive. I have big shoes to fill

I am especially grateful for my wife Cindy. She has always supported me in everything I do and has been super supportive of me being President of our club.

Personal

Back in 2016, when I joined the Sugar Land Rotary, I would have never thought I would be standing here this evening. (Elaborate is appropriate)

2016 was an interesting year for me and my family. I was very excited about the opportunity to join an organization that gives back, something I really wanted to do. 2016 also brought along some health challenges. On this very date, June 23, 2016, I was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma cancer, only 3 weeks into become a Sugar Land Rotarian. Instead of sidelining myself, despite all my treatments, I still wanted to be part of this awesome club and participate in everything we are doing. Members in this very club embraced me, including me in activities, and allowing me to be myself, giving back to the community. 

I feel like the last 4 years have allowed me to discover my talents and give back to our community more than I ever expected.

My theme

Back in January, when I was running in our neighborhood I had a thought. I wanted to have a theme for the year I am President. The first thing that came to mind was “Be Bold, Do Something Different.” Not realizing at the time the theme would have relevance in today’s time, it was so important that we be bold, do something different.

Our club actually starting using the theme “Be Bold, Do Something Different.” This was demonstrated by our club hosting its first 5K race embracing a community spirit. This was different, a second fundraiser. We were bold in taking a chance on doing something different. I personally was bold and did something different, starting our dinner with a bagpipe. 

More than ever, our club and rotary needs to Be Bold and Do Something Different. Our way of fundraising will be different in the coming year, however we are bold and will step up and do something different allowing us to raise the much needed funds.

Weekly Meetings and ideas for next year

This year’s weekly meetings will be a little different since SWCC is closed for the remainder of the year. 

  • Starting in July, we will start meeting in person, however, have an option available for members and guest to participate online. For the next few months we will be meeting at Churasscos. We will meet the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Wednesday of each month, they are booked on the 1st Wednesday of each month with another group. More details to come about this. If there is a 5th Wednesday, we will also meet.
  • The format of the weekly meetings will be slightly different. The goal is to have a speaker for each meeting and not conduct a business meeting. The agenda will have a small change; we will say the 4-way test before our meeting adjourn, before ending the meeting.
  • RI President Elect, Holgar Knaack, mentioned during this year’s PETs conference that we need to grow Rotary at all levels, not just membership, but in other ways, considering our relevance. This includes engaging in a digital strategy, bringing on younger members, and connecting more in our communities. The goal for the upcoming year, to follow the lead of Holgar Knaack, creating an environment that embraces Rotary Opens Opportunities. 
  • The incoming board has been meeting informally the last couple of months. During our discussions we realized that we need to adapt a digital strategy. This includes
    • Creating a YouTube channel
    • Instead of engaging in email (not eliminating it), I will be doing small videos each week to talk about our upcoming weekly meetings
    • We will be testing out texting platforms as a way of communicating with members.
    • Heavy involvement in social media, more weekly posts.
    • Continue to update our website, keeping it current with events. 
    • Create a facebook event for each speaker.
  • Fundraising
    • We need to be bold and do something different. Fundraising will look different this year. We have discussed that we should set a fundraising goal and then work to generate fundraising opportunities from there. (5K race)
  • Board Meetings
    • Starting in July, our board meetings will be at Classic Chevrolet.
  • Community services
    • Our goal is to engage in a community service project every month.
  • Monthly socials
    • Rick Smith is working on creating the best way for us to socialize. He sent out a survey.
  • Lastly, we will continue to be adaptable. Our environment is always changes and we need to be flexible to these changes.

Hashtag: #beboldSLRotary

Again, thank you so much for this opportunity to serve as your President.

 

Rotary regards,

Todd Breton

President, Sugar Land Rotary Club 2020-21

Past President, Assistant Governor, and active Rotarian Rick Smith was named Rotarian of the Year by President Jim Munnell at the last meeting of the 33rd year of Sugar Land Rotary Club.  Congratulations Rick!   A well-deserved award!
On June 21, Sugar Land Rotary installed a new slate of officers for 2017-18 that includes Jim Munnell, President; Margie Connelly, President-Elect; Rebecca Deurlein, Vice-President, Lerleen Hawkins, Secretary; Raleigh Bailes, Jr., Treasurer; Sergeant-at-Arms, Tabb Dye, and Rick Smith, Past-President. The newly installed Rotary president, Jim Munnell, thanked all of the club members and especially Rick Smith who served as president the past year. Under Smith's leadership, the club received an award as the No. 1 Medium-sized Club in District 5890.
President Rick Smith is installed to his position by District 5890 Governor Elect while his wife Kim looks on.
 
And congratulations to 2016 Rotarian of the Year Margie Connolly AND our Hall of Fame addition Robert Walters.
 
          
 
 
 
 
 
Join us and invite your local Sugar Land Friends and Family as our club hosts a mayoral candidate debate on April 27th, 2016 from 11:30am - 1:30pm in the Sweetwater Country Club Ballroom. Cost is $15, lunch is included.
Sugar Land Rotary was honored to be able to donate $5000 each to the Fort Bend YMCA for their Summer Camp Program in the Four Corners Neighborhood of Fort Bend County AND to the Literacy Council of Fort Bend to aid in funding their GED program which teaches students what they need to know to get their GEDs to improve both their lives and the communities around them.
Sugar Land Rotary Club honored Fireman Johnathan Vance and Police Officer Tuan-Huy Tran as Fireman and Police Officer of the Year for the City of Sugar Land.  We had GREAT attendance and enjoyed hearing from both gentleman. In addition to our honorees we also had an opportunity to ask questions of Police Chief Doug Brinkley and Fire Chief Juan Adame of the City of Sugar Land. It was a great question and answer session where I think everyone learned a little more about the expectations of both departments for their personnel.
 
CONGRATULATIONS OFFICER TRAN AND FIREMAN VANCE!
 
We love our RYLA kids! Students from Clements HS enjoyed a weekend of leadership training and fun. As Rotarians,
we provided scholarships and rides back and forth, and as you can see, the kids loved it!
 
At Home Classic Fundraising Event
Support multiple non-profit organizations with a donation. Download and fill out our donation form here.  We are also accepting donations here. Official dates are November 2-6, 2020.
 
Are you cyclist?
Are you a walker?
Are you a runner?
 
If you answered yes to any of these questions, we have the perfect virtual race for you. You can cycle a 15K, or walk/run a 5K, to show your support for our heroes.
 
Sugar Land Rotary is hosting its 2nd virtual race in its series this year. This race, For Our Heroes, is benefiting local non-profit charities in our community.
This race is a family event.
 
There are registration options for your kids or for you grownups. Sign up is easy. Click on the picture below and you will be able to register.
The WHO Declares Africa Polio-Free.  Rotary is a proud partner in achieving this historic milestone.
Thank you healthcare workers. These signs are for sale to raise funds to buy food and PPE for healthcare workers on the front line (click here to donate to the SLRC). Please see our Facebook events for our next Zoom online meeting, and join us in this effort.
New yard sign logo! Contact to purchase one, and all proceeds go to supporting the front line!
A key RI directive is to eradicate polio. But we are not alone.  RI is proud to be one of the 6 partners of GPEI.  Learn more here.
 
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • Ashlee Valavala
    October 23
  • Mary Favre
    October 27
  • Jeff Tallas PDG
    October 28
Spouse/Partner Birthdays:
  • Sabrina Liu
    October 15
  • Pita Ragle
    October 30
Anniversaries:
  • Steve Harris PDG
    Lee
    October 23
  • Laura LaVigne
    Edwin LaVigne
    October 26
Join Date:
  • Raleigh Bailes
    October 1, 1995
    25 years
  • Pat Houck
    October 8, 2008
    12 years
  • Elizabeth Furman
    October 10, 2018
    2 years
  • Ahmed Dhanani
    October 26, 2016
    4 years
  • Karl Schleicher
    October 31, 2012
    8 years
Mailing Address
Sugar Land Rotary
PO Box 16549
Sugar Land, TX 77496-6549
Organizations we support:  Access Health, Asians Against Domestic Abuse, Barrington Place Elementary Broncos, Behind the Badge Charities, BBBS, Boy Scouts, Child Advocates of Fort Bend, Children Change Colombia, Human Needs Ministry, Easterseals, Fort Bend Education Foundation, YMCA,  Fort Bend Partnership for Youth, Fort Bend Rainbow Room, FBS, FBWC, GiGi's Playhouse, The Heart of Texas Foundation, America's Family of Coaches, Jackie Spellman Scholarship Foundation, Literacy Council, Living Water International, Oakland Medical Center, Parks Youth Ranch, PCCPA, Project Smile, Rise Against Hunger, RBJX, RI, Interact Club, RYLA, National Exchange Club, Second Mile, SL Art Center & Gallery, SL CAF, SL Heritage  Foundation, TX Dragon Boat Association, The Arc, FB Boys Choir of Texas, The Landing, WCJC, YIP
Click here to watch previous SLRC meetings held on Zoom!
Service Above Self
Rotary International has raised over $3 Billion to help those need worldwide.  The global foundation also works with local clubs, including the SLRC, to support and fund projects right here in Texas.  Join us to learn more!